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Bjorkstrand excels in January

by Corey Abbott
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:04 pm ET

Western Hockey League


Oliver Bjorkstrand recently earned himself plenty of accolades for his efforts with the Portland Winterhawks. He was awarded with the WHL Player of the Month after he amassed 14 goals and 16 assists in 12 games in January. Portland posted a 12-2 record over that span and Bjorkstrand picked up at least one point in 10 of the 12 contests he played. The Columbus Blue Jackets draft pick was also the CHL and WHL Player of the Week for the period ending Feb. 1. He notched four goals and nine points in three matches en route to those honors. The 19-year-old forward, who was a third-round pick in 2013, has 30 goals and 70 points in 40 games. Vancouver first-round pick Jake Virtanen registered six points in two matches last week. He has 14 goals and 23 assists in 29 games for the Calgary Hitmen this year. The 18-year-old winger was taken with the sixth overall pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. Ivan Provorov accounted for five helpers in three outings for the Brandon Wheat Kings. He leads all WHL defensemen with 51 points in 46 games this season. The offensive defender is eligible for the 2015 draft and he's expected to be taken in the top 10. Winnipeg Jets prospect Chase De Leo produced five goals and one assist in three games for Portland. The fourth-round selection in 2014 has 60 points in 48 contests.


Ontario Hockey League


Kevin Labanc of the Barrie Colts was the OHL Player of the Week after he generated four goals and four assists in three appearances. He posted two four-point games to earn the distinction and currently has 79 points in 48 games. Labanc was chosen with the 171st overall pick in the 2014 draft by the San Jose Sharks. Arizona Coyotes prospect Christian Dvorak tallied three goals and four assists in two games last week. He was also named the OHL Player of the Month for January after he amassed 28 points, including 10 goals, in 12 matches. Dvorak, who was a second rounder in 2014, sits third in OHL scoring with 90 points in 47 games for the London Knights. Jake Paterson was tabbed as the OHL Goaltender of the Month after he posted a 7-2-1-0 record to go with a 2.27 goals-against average and a .929 save percentage. The 20-year-old netminder had a 29-save shutout against Belleville in his debut with Kitchener on Jan. 9 following his acquisition from Saginaw. Paterson was a third-round pick of the Detroit Red Wings in the 2012 draft. Jakob Chychrun isn't eligible to be drafted until 2016, but he's worth keeping a close eye on. He was the OHL Rookie of the Month for January. The 16-year-old rearguard had five goals and 11 points in 12 games. He already stands 6-foot-2 and weighs 194 pounds. Chychrun has provided the Sarnia Sting with 10 goals and 12 assists in 27 outings.


Quebec Major Junior Hockey League


Nikita Jevpalovs of the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada was selected as the QMJHL's first star of January. He piled up 10 goals and 15 assists in 12 games during the month, while scoring at least one point in 11 of those contests. The 20-year-old was never drafted, but he signed an entry-level contract with the San Jose Sharks last week. Anthony Beauvillier, who is eligible for the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, was the second star of the month. He racked up 25 points in 11 games and he found the scoresheet in every match. The 17-year-old prospect has 34 goals and 75 points in 49 games for Shawinigan. Sherbrooke goaltender Evan Fitzpatrick was chosen as the QMJHL's first star of the week after he won both of his starts. He had a 1.00 GAA and a .966 save percentage. He's eligible for the 2016 NHL Entry Draft. Leading scorer Conor Garland was the second star of the week for the period ending Feb. 1. He picked up two goals and five assists for seven points in two games. The Moncton forward leads the QMJHL in scoring with 87 points in 50 tilts.

Corey Abbott

Corey Abbott is an Editor for Hockey on Rotoworld. Feel free to follow him on Twitter @CoreAbbott.